A constipated dog is never a good thing. It not only makes your pet uncomfortable but the straining can cause canine hemorrhoids.
There are quite a few remedies that are said to work well, but please use only ONE of the methods listed here. The combination of any remedy can cause severe diarrhea resulting in dehydration.
1. Switch to Canned Food
Pets that are accustomed to eating only dry food should be fed canned food for two days. The moisture content will usually help the dog have an easier bowel movement within 12 hours.
2. Canned Pumpkin
Some veterinarians recommend feeding a constipated dog some canned pumpkin. Dogs love the taste and will usually eat it readily. The water content and high fiber will help the puppy poop. Do not use pumpkin pie filling, as it contains sugars and spices — only canned pure pumpkin will do the job.
Milk, which everyone usually has at home, can serve as a canine laxative. A small bowl will usually relieve constipation within hours.
Canned or jarred gravy added to the regular diet is another quick fix. Don’t overdo it — a few tablespoons should do the trick.
5. Olive Oil or Mineral Oil
The addition of olive oil or mineral oil to your dog’s food bowl will usually allow the dog to eliminate the next morning. Take caution when adding any oil to the food as it could potentially cause diarrhea. Trading one digestive problem for another is never a solution to the problem.
6. Aloe Vera Juice
Some people swear by small amounts of aloe vera juice. However, there is some debate about this in the veterinary community. To be safe, consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any aloe vera juice for constipation.
7. Ginger and Chicken Broth
Mixing ¼ teaspoon ginger with ½ cup of chicken (or beef) broth and offering it to your pup is another home cure. Ginger is known to not only aid in digestive health but to assist in a more effective bowel movement. The fats in the broth also help move things along.
8. Green Beans
If your dog won’t eat these vegetables from the bowl, try using them as a treat.
9. Provide Lots of Water
Be sure that your pet is getting enough water. In fact, the most common reason for canine constipation is lack of fluids.
If your pet is experiencing constipation for longer than 24 hours or it is accompanied by vomiting, please get to the veterinarian right away. This is a sign of serious problems, such as a blockage in the intestines — and it is certainly no time for home remedies.
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